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The History of Babbacombe and St Marychurch Lions Club

In 1981, at a badging-up ceremony for a new Lion, the President of Torquay Lions Club, Lion Michael Luntz, commented that one day a new Lions Club would be formed in Babbacombe & St Marychurch. Contact was made with a number of people in the area within 18 months the necessary number of 20 members required to form a new Lions Club was reached. However, the new Club then had to obtain the support of LC Torquay and this was given only by the casting vote of the then President Lion Gordon Langley.  Permission was then sought from the DG Lion David Honey, which was granted in March 1983.

Charter Members 1983

The first meeting was a badging-up ceremony of all new Lions as Charter members of the Babbacombe & St Marychurch Lions Club. This was held at the Snooty Fox, St Marychurch on 31st May 1983. Lion Derek Donaghue  (LC Torquay) Vice DG for 105SW performed the ceremony in the company of other local dignatories. Also in attendance was Lion David Saunders who was the Lions International Representative for the UK.  He travelled down from West Sussex especially for the occasion and happily he is still involved with Lions.

The official Charter presentation to our Club took place at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton on November 21st 1983 in the presence of 180 guests.  DG Lion Brian Lethbridge presented our Charter and on the same evening a Twinning agreement was signed with the LC of Gent - Scaldis, Belgium.

 

Fund raising started immediately with the start of the Victorian Evenings held every Thursday in the St Marychurch precinct.  Members dressed in period costumes and ran a "Teddy Bear Stall", selling tickets @ 20p each.  On one evening, between the hours of 7pm and 9pm a grand total of £4,200, (less expenses of course) was raised. 

Six weeks after starting the Club the very first presentation was made to a local profoundly deaf child.  He was given equipment to enable him to participate in classroom activities at his local school.


Past Presidents:

1983 - 1984    C. Cane 
1984 - 1985    D. Lambourne
1985 - 1986    D. Brighton
1986 - 1987    D. Brighton
1987 - 1988    D. Phillips
1988 - 1989    N. Dua
1989 - 1990    H.J. Hall
1990 - 1991    T. White
1991 - 1992    I.P. Barrett
1992 - 1993    D. Worthington
1993 - 1994    M. Perry
1994 - 1995    J.Keen
1995 - 1996    J. Rogers
1996 - 1997    K. Harris
1997 - 1998    M.E. Attwood
1998 - 1999    M.C. Durrant
1999 - 2000    J.F. Sims
2000 - 2001    N. Squires
2001 - 2002    J. Keen
2002 - 2003    J.L. Squires
2003 - 2004    P.Tozer
2004 - 2005    J. Rowley
2005 - 2006    P. Keen
2006 - 2007    N.Squires
2007 - 2008    C. Cane
2008 - 2009    V.C. Pattendon
2009 - 2010    J. Adams
2010 - 2011    V. Easton
2011 - 2012    R. Buckley
2012 - 2013    N. Squires
2013 - 2014    P. Tozer
2014 - 2015    W. Chandler
2015 - 2016    J. Racibowski
2016 - 2017    M. Rawlins
 
 

 

 

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